Stuck in Winter Weather Traffic? IBM and Telvent May Have a Solution

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As anyone who lives in a sprawling urban area knows firsthand, countless hours of productivity and family time are foregone every year due to traffic delays.

This is why IBM and Telvent are working together on a solution that combines GPS, road sensors, bus schedules and sophisticated analytics to improve the situation on the road. Drivers would be notified ahead of time of delays and would be provided information about alternate routes; cities would be able to monitor real-time status of parking spaces and could more easily adjust public transportation schedules around football games or other events.

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates travel delays in cities could be reduced by up to 500 million hours per year by combining operational strategies such as incident management and traffic signal control.

Delays are not limited to large cities like Washington, D.C.: a Bundle survey listed smaller metropolitan areas such as Austin, Texas, and Orlando, Fla., as among the 10 worst in the nation.

Rich Varos, IBM director of Intelligent Transportation Solutions, said existing infrastructure simply was not designed to handle today’s traffic, whether it occurs in business areas, university spaces, or suburban sprawl.

“By combining predictive analytics with the realities of system constraints, transportation operators of any size can implement more sustainable traffic planning, improved passenger services and increased efficiencies,” he said.

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